I recently bought a 2002 Acura RL with 182k on it, the car is in great condition and is a one owner vehicle according to carfax and all the service records the lady left in the car, so far i have only installed new wheels, tires, new rotors, brakes and done a complete tune up. after inspecting the bottom of the vehicle i found that the car has a minor leak coming from around the rear main seal of the car i took the car to the mechanic and he confirmed that it is a rear main seal leak and quoted me 1200 for the job so i figured i will do the job myself i am no expert by no means but i am in the mechanic field in the military and consider myself fully capable of doing the job. my question is do you guys recommend replacing anything else while im there? so far i purchased the following items from the dealership itself: rear main seal, rear main seal plate o-ring, torque convertor seal, torque convertor o-ring and some honda bond. also do you need any special tools? if anyone has any tips or pictures of this job i would greatly aprecite it.
thank you for your time.
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Be prepared to fight the top exhaust nut on the left A-pipe. Get a good 12mm swivel socket and make sure you have a solid "bite" on it, you don't want to round that one off! Have a good 1/2" drive breaker bar handy to remove the sealing bolt for the extension shaft. To remove the extension shaft you can use a long bolt w/ washer to "pull" it out. As long as you have good mechanical inclination, it's not a difficult task.
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